The Ayahuasca at Parign Hak is brewed exclusively with the cultivated yellow Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis Caapi) and cultivated Chacruna leaves (Psychotria Viridis). There are no admixtures in our Ayahuasca.
Ceremonial work at Parign Hak follows the Shipibo tradition but unfolds within the cultural context of the Harakbut people, and within the natural environment of the Amazonian mountain rainforest between the Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. Cleansing and healing work in ceremony brought about by Ayahuasca will go hand in hand with traditional icaros (shamanic chants) that are sung both for the group as a whole and for individual participants, upon request. Tobacco smoke (mapacho) and agua de florida are used as well in ceremony for various purposes. Please note that our approach to the work both inside and outside ceremony is strictly therapeutic. Because our ceremonial work started initially with Shintuya community members and Harakbut leaders, and because Parign Hak is a native initiative, we will always admit local community people into our ceremonies, whenever the need or desire to participate is expressed.
We purposefully limit the number of retreat participants to a maximum of seven. The small group size will ensure that our hosts are comfortable with the visitors, and also will ensure that each participant receives as much personal attention as possible during ceremony and throughout the retreat. The ceremony leader is a woman, and we guarantee the physical integrity of our female participants. The morning after each ceremony, we have an integration circle and offer personal debriefs throughout the day, as needed. It is aimed at assisting participants as much as possible in their individual holistic cleansing, healing and learning process and in their personal development and spiritual growth. We explicitly ask recreational Ayahuasca users to abstain from participating.
PARIGN HAK - TRADITIONAL AMAZONIAN MEDICINE IN MANU 8D/7N - all inclusive (for 2019) - $1,650 USD
Day 1: Cusco - Pilcopata - Queros Native Community
Departure from Cusco in private transportation at 5 a.m. We will drive through a number of Andean communities before a brief stop at the colonial village of Paucartambo for breakfast. We continue to the Southern tip of Manu National Park, the pass of Acjanaco (3500 m.a.s.l.), from where we start our descent into the Amazon basin. As we travel through elfin and cloud forest, we may spot some birds along the dirt road. We will switch vehicles (4x4 pick-up) and arrive at the Native Wachiperi Community of Queros for a typical lunch. In the afternoon a local guide will show us their ethnobotanical garden, and we will have the opportunity to look at and make crafts from local rainforest seeds. After dinner there will be storytelling time with community members around a traditionally hand-lit fire. Overnight in the community lodge. B,L,D
Day 2: Queros - Pilcopata – Shintuya - ¨Parign Hak¨ retreat center
After breakfast we will visit Hignkiori, an ancient sacred rock site with mysterious petroplyphs. We continue our road trip through a number of smaller rivers and get to the native community of Shintuya, the home to about 250 Harakbut people, by midday. Our “Parign Hak” hosts will take us downriver to their place in motorized canoe. After installing ourselves and having lunch, a short walk on the surrounding trails is planned and we will rest in preparation for the first Ayahuasca ceremony. Local community people may participate in ceremony. B,L
Day 3: Parign Hak
In the morning we will have an integration circle where we can share our experience of the previous night. Most of today is set aside to rest and document your ceremonial experience. There will be time for an optional plant bath or plant-based steam bath provided by Steve. In the afternoon we will do another "storytelling time" with our hosts and learn more about the history of the Harakbut people. B,L,D
Day 4: Parign Hak
Today we spend the morning in the forest to test and expand our newly acquired skills in direct communication with the plant world. The afternoon is free and we will rest and prepare for our second Ayahuasca ceremony. B,L
Day 5: Parign Hak-Aguas Calientes
In the morning we will have an integration circle where we can share our experience of the previous night. In the afternoon we can go to the hot springs and have a relaxing bath under the forest canopy. After dinner a talk about the current challenges of the Harakbut people and their experience with traditional plant medicine is planned. B,L,D
Day 6: Parign Hak
After breakfast we will head out onto the big river (Upper Madre de Dios) to go to the nearby confluence of the Serjali River. We can walk upriver along the riverbed, bathe, watch birds, go fishing and enjoy the beauty of a natural rainforest environment difficult to surpass. Typical picnic type Harakbut cooking on a beach and lunch. This afternoon is free and we prepare for our third Ayahuasca ceremony. B,L
Day 7: Parign Hak
After breakfast and our post-ceremonial integration circle, we spend the rest of the day resting, integrating and spending social time with out hosts.
Day 8: Parign Hak – Shintuya - Cusco
After breakfast we return to the community of Shintuya where our driver will pick us up to take us back to Cusco. This trip back up the Andes is another opportunity to see more plants, wildlife and stunningly beautiful landscapes. We will get back into Cusco around 8 p.m. B,L
- Private transportation Cusco-Queros-Shintuya-Cusco
- All river transportation
- One overnight in the Queros community lodge (double ocuppancy)
- All other overnights in small cabañas (double occupancy)
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Drinking water
- Bilingual guide (English/Spanish) and cultural facilitator
- 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies
- Plant baths or plant-based steam baths upon request
- integration circles
- individual post-ceremonial debriefs as needed/requested
- Additional food items (cookies etc.)
- Personal expenses for crafts
This itinerary unfolds within the natural and cultural environment of an Amazonian indigenous people, the Harakmbut (Huachiperi and Amarakaeri subgroups). It is as much a trip for holistic cleansing, healing and learning about ourselves as it is for learning about and from this unique rainforest culture and its natural mountain rainforest environment.
On our first and second day, we will interact with members of the Native Huachiperi community of Queros, and stay at the community lodge which features double rooms, flush toilets and cold showers.
Our main hosts at “Parign Hak” (Grandma´s Home) are the owners and initiators of this place and nearby “Mini-hospital Majeno” (the ceremonial space). Because “Parign Hak” is much more of a native family home than a retreat center, installations are rather basic.
Our hosts are Shintuya community members and will provide basic lodging (double cabins with beds and mosquito netting). There are no flush toilets but latrines near the cabins and near the ceremonial space, and river baths or cold showers.
Our hosts cook the meals using their own produce (bananas, plantains, papaya, manioc and other rainforest crops) and river fish as much as possible, but we bring fresh vegetables with us, too.
Among Harakbut people, time runs at a different pace and their outlook on "reality" is different. It is required from all visitors that they bring a high degree of openness, interest in local culture and an open mind towards other ways of thinking, perceiving and living in order to be able to appreciate and learn how these people have subsisted with and within this rainforest environment to the present day.
It is equally required that all visitors respect a code of behavior that has been elaborated by our hosts and will be presented upon arrival at the two places we will visit.
Recommended items to bring:
- Bathing suit
- Biodegradable soap
- Insect repellent (deet based – natural ones are preferred but may not work to keep some of Manu´s biting bugs away from you)
- Cap or hat for sun protection
- Light, loose-fitting cotton clothing (long pants/long sleeves)
- Walking shoes
- Rubber boots (they make a great gift after use...)
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- Consider bringing a battery pack – there is no electricity for recharging cameras or phones
- Notebook and pens
- Pictures and stories to tell from home
Little gift items like additional fruit and vegetables are optional but always appreciated.